Ethel Musser Rutt, 100, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at Willow Valley Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Jacob Henry Rutt. Ethel was born on March 12, 1914, to Harry Hake Musser and Minnie Herr Musser in Rapho Township.
Ethel was an alumna of Mount Joy High School, Eastern Mennonite School, Elizabethtown College and Millersville State University. She taught in one-room schools in Rapho and Conoy Townships, later teaching at Bainbridge Elementary School and the Elizabethtown Area Schools. She retired after 35 years of service.
Ethel also dedicated her life to Christian education, teaching at the State Hospital for Crippled Children, the Marietta Mennonite Church, Dundalk Christian Academy and serving at the Water Street Rescue Mission. She and Henry served at many churches, including Newville Bible Church, Fairlawn Community Church and Christian Missionary Alliance churches of Elizabethtown, Dundalk and Lancaster.
Her hobbies were ornithology, propagating and cultivating roses, writing and international correspondence by email.
She is survived by her brother, Harry Musser, of Rapho Township, and many loving nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her sisters, Marion and Helen Musser.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Church at Willow Valley, 300 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602. A viewing will take place Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow the funeral at Grandview Memorial Park in Annville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Christian Mission of one’s choice.